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Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the 14 designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to live commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone.

The full circuit takes 2 hours, but you can hop on and off at any stop you choose. You’ll have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You’ll cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores.

Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms. 

Night tour include 75 minutes of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 

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Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Chicago Theatre
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Known as a world-famous hub for architecture, art, and politics, the lakeside city of Chicago has a wealth of must-see sights. Know exactly where to go in the Windy City on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour, complete with 14 stops covering everything from the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Art Institute to the steel bean in Millennium Park. Plus, this custom tour means you can take charge of your own sightseeing itinerary.
  • A hop-on, hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Live onboard commentary provides important historical context 
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Reviewed today
Great way to see the city

This is a highly recommended way of getting round Chicago and finding out lots and lots and LOTS of very interesting information. There are plenty of places to hop on and off the buses, which are very frequent. The tour guides are amazingly knowledgeable. Each...More

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Reviewed yesterday
Bongi is the best

Saw a lot of Chicago and learned so many interesting things. I recommend staying on the bus for the first loop, finding where you want to go and then hop off. You can do a lot in 2 days.

Thank Julie C
Gama T, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded today

Julie C Thank you for your review. Bongi is a prized person in our team, we're so lucky to have her with us! We'll make sure to let her know of your review. Best The Big Bus Tours Chicago Team

Reviewed yesterday
So glad we didn’t miss this,

This was a great way to see all the sights. Without this tour I’m sure we would’ve missed some of the best views at the museum campus. The tour guides information was helpful and added context to what we were seeing.More

Thank Smconk
Gama T, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded today

Smconk We're glad to hear that you appreciated the service we provided. We try to keep the Museum Campus view a secret...not all of the residents of Chicago have experienced that breathtaking view! We're glad to have shared it with you. We'll let our team...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
Don't go in the late afternoon !!!

So ... the Big Bus has two programs ... a "daytime" bus tour ... and a "night time" bus tour ... and the tickets are not interchangeable without a pricey upgrade. So we were at Navy Pier at about 5:00pm in July. It says light...More

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Gama T, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

ArizonaJT Thank you for the overview of our service. How was the actual tour experience, though? Did you like the guides and their stories; how were the drivers skills navigating the city? Tickets are not interchangeable between the Day Tour and Night Tour since they...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Miss B !

What an entertaining hour we spent in the company of Miss B and driver Frank yesterday afternoon. She was absolutely hilarious and mixed historical facts about the city with some piercing wit and repartee ! What a joy Miss B ! Coming back to Chiiiiicaaaaagoooo....my...More

Thank robbarratt1969
Gama T, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

robbarratt1969 Wow, Wow, WOW! It's great to hear that Ms. Bea and Frank provided such an amazing introduction to Chicago! We'll make sure to let them know of your review. Best The Big Bus Tours Chicago Team

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Kristine C
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Response from Patty K | Reviewed this property |
According to the brochure I have the stops are: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Theatre, The Willis Tower & Skydeck, Millennium Park & Palmer House, Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Hilton and Grant Park, Adler Planetarium... More
16 July 2018|
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Response from AllisonL68 | Reviewed this property |
You can buy them on the day. There are lots of vendors in the street.
8 July 2018|
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Response from techdude221 | Reviewed this property |
I'm nor familiar with the Classic ticket. I used the Chicago Explorer Pass that allows you to visit multiple venues with one ticket. I believe if you buy the tickets from Big Bus, the tickets are only for the bus tour.
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